Comcast to turn your home into WiFi hotspot
Well folks; here is the latest nonsense from Comcrap. The USA Today story posted on the 9News website is vague; but the 9:00 PM 9News anchor (no video that I could find) was clearer in that Comcrap intends to turn your wireless router into Wi-Fi hotspots primarily for its customers.
OK, my guess this only applies to router/modems/gateways leased from Comcrap; but I had an online chat with customer service tonight to verify this. Sure enough if you lease your modem/router/gateway from Comcrap you are automatically a Wi-Fi hotspot unless you opt out of the program.
Since I refuse to lease equipment from them; we have our own modem and wireless router, which exempts us from their program. Quite frankly I don’t want my router to be used as a wireless hotspot without my permission, which is why ours is secured. Comcrap claims it’s secure and that outside traffic can’t get into your network…yeah right; I’m sure Target felt the same way about their network being secure. Any network can be hacked; but I see no reason to add another chink in our digital armor by participating in this.
My suggestion is that you buy your own modem and router and quit using Comcrap’s junk. If you choose to use their equipment, then opt out of the program by contacting customer service. I already found a number of hotspots relatively close to us. Note the screen grab shows names and addresses of those hotspots. I’ve also attached a transcript of my chat with Comcrap this evening.
Now for those of you not using Comcrap as your ISP (Internet Service Provider), you may be wondering why I’m sending this out. Simple; if Comcrap is doing this, you can bet others will follow suit.